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Computer Based Courses

Professional Development Courses for Educators


These CD-Rom/Online courses for educators were developed by Virtual Education Software and allow you to complete the course work in the comfort of your own home (or classroom). Subject matter relates to issues encountered in today's challenging classroom. These are intended for certificate renewal or personal enrichment and are not applicable to a degree program without prior approval. Contact the Continuing Education Office at 1-800-228-9972 ext 7217 for registration dates and costs.


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Advanced Classroom Management: Children as Change Agents (2 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-C7

This course is geared for professionals who serve children and youth presenting behavior problems in school and community. It focuses on cognitive- and cognitive-behavioral interventions (social skills) with an emphasis on teaching students how to change and manage their own behavior.

Attention Deficit Disorder: Information & Intervention for Effective Teaching (2 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-C8

A course designed to help you achieve a better understanding of ADD and intervention strategies to facilitate positive student change. The course will provide information on the history of the disorder, accepted methods to assess and identify students with the disorder and various treatment methods currently being used to treat the disorder.

Autism & Asperger’s Disorder: Information & Effective Intervention Strategies (2 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-C9
This course will help you achieve a better understanding of Autism and Asperger’s Disorder, intervention strategies to enhance communication and learning, and to teach more conventional behaviors.

Behavior is Language: Strategies for Managing Disruptive Behavior (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-C1

This course provides a developmental framework to help you understand what students are trying to tell you through the “language” of their behavior, along with effective tools to facilitate positive student change.

Child Abuse: Working with Abused & Neglected Children

(2 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-C0
This course teaches you to recognize the signs of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, as well as physical and emotional neglect in students.

Drugs & Alcohol in School: Understanding Substance Use & Abuse (2 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-C4
This course increases understanding of what students may be experiencing through their own substance use or the substance use of persons close to them; it provides information about the complex biological, psychological, and social dynamics that comprise the disease of addiction.

Early Childhood: Family-Centered Services (2 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-CJ
A course that seeks to promote the development of thoughtful, knowledgeable, effective educators for a diverse society. The course provides conceptual frameworks for working with families of children from a variety of backgrounds.  Course content places an emphasis on family-centered practices designed to help early childhood professionals involve and support families in the care and education of children.

Early Childhood: Observation & Assessment (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-CK

This course explores observation and assessment instruments, as well as recommended practices and available resources for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.  Content includes an emphasis on observing young children and assessing their early childhood learning environments.

Early Childhood: Program Planning (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-CL
This course is designed to give you a new perspective on planning and implementing developmentally appropriate programs for young children from birth through age eight.  In this course you will learn what is meant by curriculum, assessment, evaluation, and program planning as these terms apply to early childhood education.  We will discuss several historical perspectives and theories of child development, and examine best practice for early childhood education.  We will also examine key concepts and specific activities for teaching various curricular content areas including language and literacy, mathematics and science, and the expressive arts. 

Early Childhood: Typical & Atypical Development (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-CM
This course explores contemporary best practice and perspectives on early childhood development.  Content includes patterns and sequences of typical development for children from birth to six years. Emphasis is on individual differences, cultural influences, and the impact of developmental delay and disability during infancy, toddlerhood, and the preschool years. Discussion will also include instructional technology (IT) and assistive technology (AT) applications for this population. 

Educational Assessment: Assessing Student Learning in the Classroom (2 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-C6
The focus of this course will be on assessment for instructional programming. The course will outline procedures for designing or selecting, administering and interpreting, a variety of informal assessment measures typically used in schools. The use of a range of informal assessment measures in the academic and social skills areas will form the core of the content to be covered.

Ethics & Safety in Education: Guidelines for Teachers & Administrators (2 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-CQ

A prevention course developed to help educators reduce and eliminate violations of ethics and professional conduct codes.  The course is intended to keep ethical teachers ethical and to be a part of a larger school district plan to protect the district’s teachers, staff, and students.

Harassment, Bullying & Cyber-Intimidation in Schools

(2 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-CN
This course will discuss definitions and the personal, social, and legal ramifications associated with sexual harassment, bullying, and cyber-intimidation. The course will address what we know about these troubling areas. We will then explore preventative strategies as well as how school staff can address these issues when they occur. A clear understanding of what constitutes harassment and the harmful effects of harassment on people and institutions is essential to providing a safe and inclusive school environment for all.

Inclusion: Working with Students with Special Needs in General Education Classrooms (2 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-CC

A course designed to help special and general educators gain a better understanding of inclusion, one of the current educational reform movements that advocates for educating students with disabilities in the general education classroom.

Infant & Toddler Mental Health: Issues & Information for Educators (2 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-CH
A course designed to help you achieve a better understanding of infant and toddler mental health, child development and strategies you can use to promote positive relationships with children and their families.  The course will provide you with information that will help you to understand and identify your role as a child care provider, educator, and early childhood professional.

Learning Disabilities: Practical Information for the Classroom Teacher (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-CA
This course provides an introduction to the field of learning disabilities for special teachers, general classroom teachers, integration teachers and related professionals.  Theoretical approaches, foundations for assessments and evaluations, and program planning and implementation are all covered in this course.

Reading & Writing in Content Area (2 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-CS

This course offers instruction in teaching reading and writing in various subject matter fields at the secondary level. The material stresses the skills of vocabulary building, comprehension, and writing, as well as methods for motivating adolescents to read and write. This course will provide information on such issues as recognizing reading difficulties, assessing textbooks, and the integration of reading strategies within a content area. The strategies taught are aligned with the Praxis Reading Across the Curriculum test guide and the Reading in the Content Area national standards.

Reading Fundamentals #1: An Introduction to Scientifically-based Research (2 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-CD

The purpose of this course is to improve your knowledge of science and the scientific process. This is the first course in a three-course series.

Reading Fundamentals #2: Laying the Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction (2 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-CE
Designed to lay the foundation for effective reading instruction, this course will teach you about the elements of effective instruction and the importance of reading instruction. 

Reading Fundamentals #3: The Elements of Effective Reading Instruction & Assessment (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-CF
This course will focus on learning to read, reading to learn, and an introduction to reading assessment. As part of these key areas of reading instruction, the five elements of effective reading instruction will be highlighted, including definitions, implications for instruction and future directions. 

Talented & Gifted: Working with High Achievers (2 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-CB
A course designed to help educator achieve a better understanding of the talented and gifted student, methods used in identification, and strategies for instruction in an inclusive classroom.

Teaching Diversity: Influences & Issues in the Classroom

(2 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-CG

This course will help you understand and identify differences in approaches to learning and performance, including different learning styles and ways in which students demonstrate learning.  An emphasis in this course will be on understanding how students’ learning is influences by individual experiences, talents, disabilities, gender, language, culture, family and community values.

Teaching Elementary Math Conceptually: A New Paradigm

(2 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-CP

The course will explore an innovative teaching model that incorporates strategies for teaching concepts, constructively and contextually. The goal is for you to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying concepts of various math topics and explore the principles of teaching those concepts to learners. This course will focus on the topics of number sense, basic operations, and fractions.

Traumatized Child: Effects of Stress, Trauma & Violence on Student Learning (2 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-C2

This course is designed to help teachers, school counselors, and other educational personnel gain strategies to reach and teach students who have been affected by stress, trauma, and/or violence.  Participants will learn the signs and symptoms and explore how stress, violence, and trauma affect a student’s learning, cognitive brain development, and social-emotional development.

Understanding Aggression: Coping with Aggressive Behavior in the Classroom (3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-C5

The course helps school personnel become more aware of the causes of aggression, its manifestation in gangs, television, sports, and drugs and ways to evaluate aggression and intervene before it turns to violence in the schools.

Violence in Schools: Identification, Prevention, & Intervention Strategies (2 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-C3

This course is designed to give you a better understanding of school violence and the factors behind it, in addition to teaching specific strategies and interventions to minimize the occurrence of violence in a school or community.

Why DI?: An Introduction to Differentiated Instruction

(3 Credit Hours)


Course #: EDU 568-CR

An interactive computer-based instruction course, designed to give you an understanding of the framework of and need for creating supportive learning environments for diverse learning populations. In this course you will learn what is meant by Differentiated Instruction (DI) and the common myths associated with creating the differentiated classroom.  We will discuss the legal, theoretical, and pedagogical foundations in the field of education that support the utilization of differentiated instructional practices and principles.  We will reflect on best practices and national trends in the design of the educational setting to meet the needs of a diverse learning population.  Why DI?: An Introduction to Differentiated Instruction will also provide connections to a variety of concepts, variables, and resources that will assist practitioners in aligning their own professional practices with those found in the differentiated classroom.



Tuition & Fees: 

For the 2012-2013 academic year resident tuition/fees total $227.00 per credit hour.  For non-resident rates please call the Office of Continuing Education at 1-800-228-9972 ext. 7217.



First-time Wayne State College students must complete the college application process prior to registration. The application can be found online here.


Contact the Office of Continuing Education at 1-800-228-9972 ext 7217 with any questions.


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